Friday, October 23, 2015

Interfaith Days: The Day of Ashura

In Sunni Islam, today commemorates the day when the Israelites were freed from Egypt and the Pharaoh. It is an optional day of fasting. For Shi'a Muslims, today is a day of mourning for the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the Prophet Muhammad's grand some, at the Battle of Karbala in AH 61 (680 CE). In several countries, it is a national holiday and a significant day of public mourning and remembrance. The Wikipedia site provides more information.

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